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CDD - Historic Sites & Structures

170 S. Franklin Street

Year Built:
170 S. Franklin Street
Architectural Style:
Late Victorian
Ernest Jaeger, contractor
Historic Name:
Alaska Steam Laundry/ Emporium
Historic Use:
Date Local Designation:
Date National Register Designation:
Historic Integrity:
altered/ contributing
Historic Period:
Initial Development Era 1883-1911
Parcel Number:
Juneau Downtown Historic District

Additional Information

General Description

The two-story building is of wood frame construction in the front and reinforced concrete in the back. It is 60' long. The front of the building measures 39' with a 3' overhang of the tower at the second story. It measures 32' high along the roof line with the tower roof rising 8' above this. The building has a wood piling foundation, wood siding , and a flat roof with decorative shingle fascia and turret roof. The first floor has transom windows and the second floor double hung windows. There is a turret on the southwest corner, and decorative cornices under the roofline and turret. A dentiled stringcourse is above the wood frame storefront. The first floor facade has been remodeled with storefront windows. A sidewalk canopy has been added.

Historical Information

The Alaska Steam Laundry provided an essential service to a large number of miners. The building is on the site of Juneau's first prominent business district. The laundry probably replaced an earlier gold-camp structure of the 19th century. In 1928, the laundry moved to a new, concrete structure in the rear of the old one. It has housed various businesses through the years including a medical clinic in the 1930s. By 1986, the 1901 and 1928 buildings had been remodeled into The Emporium, a downtown mall serving a number of businesses.

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